Phil Foden 'Still Feels Like A Fan' Playing With Kevin De Bruyne And David Silva
Phil Foden is living the dream at the moment, so much so that he has to pinch himself from time to time.
Having been with City since he was six, the boyhood blue has now made 36 appearances for his beloved City, scoring seven goals - including a crucial winner against Spurs in just his second Premier League start last month.
The pint-sized Stockport midfielder has all the talent in the world and Pep Guardiola Guardiola has always spoken glowingly of Foden, stating that City's No.47 "will be an important player" for City "for the next decade" after his superb performance against Cardiff City.
It's all come very quick and fast for the 2017 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award winner, who still feels a bit starstruck by some of his City teammates.
"I wake up every morning and think my career is just going so fast,' he told the Daily Mail.
"I am still young and trying to act normal but I think I need to start growing up. I go and play with David [Silva] and Kevin [De Bruyne] every day but still feel like a fan if you know what I mean?
"I feel like asking them to sign something for me but I am actually playing with them. I don't mean I don't want to stay normal because I do. But sometimes I get up in the morning and just think, 'Wow'."
While confident in his ability, Foden is remarkably grounded for an 18-year old lad in his position and has not let the hype get to him.
City since I can remember...Started going to the Etihad with my mum every weekend, singing Blue Moon from the stands like every other fan...:blue_heart: pic.twitter.com/uUAHODUvY7
- Phil Foden (@PhilFoden) December 10, 2018
He still takes a taxi to training as he doesn't drive yet and you can always find him playing football with in the street with local kids.
What's more, he celebrated City being crowned league champions last season by going night fishing with his dad Phil Sr - despite getting a call from captain Vincent Kompany to go to the pub in Hale.
"Life has definitely changed but I still act like I am not even playing football,' the 2017 Under 17-World Cup winner added.
"I will go to the Trafford Centre and people will ask for a picture and I will be like, "Oh yeah, this is who I am now". I don't always realise. I would like to think the kids can look up to me.
"I hope they now know what it's possible to achieve in the game.
"Some kids don't think it's possible because of the team we have at City but anything is possible and you have to believe and work hard. If I can do it then anyone can."
Having signed a contract until 2024, training, playing and learning from world-class players will soon become normality for the Foden and there's every chance he reaches the same level.